A big benefit of fitting window blinds in your home is the flexibility they provide in terms of light control. This can be enhanced further with different types of operating systems; our design team has the lowdown on the various options available from Apollo Blinds …

As well as choosing different types of blinds for their look and style, how they block out light and shade a room is another key consideration. 

Venetian and Vertical blinds, and shutters, have slats and veins that can easily be tilted to alter the amount of light entering a room. A similar effect is achieved with Twilight blinds that have an alternating solid and sheer panel which can be aligned in different ways. 

Pleated, Roller, Roman and Duette® blinds all feature a solid panel of fabric that can be moved up and down. But did you know that these can be fitted with different operating systems to provide additional options for how they shade the room?

Bottom Up Top Down (Multi-zone)  

Multi-zone or ‘Top Down, Bottom Up’ operation is exactly that – giving you the ability to move the blinds from the top down, bottom up or anywhere in between. Light control can be adjusted to exactly where it’s needed as sunlight changes throughout the day. This also maintains a clear view out of the window if desired. 

The fitting system works with Pleated and Duette® blinds.

Motorised

More and more customers are adding the benefit of operating their new blinds at the touch of a button.

A motor can be added from as little as £99 and they can also be linked to home automation and voice control systems like Google Home and Alexa, alongside a mobile app.

The adjustable rise speeds and stop positions mean that they are incredibly easy to operate. Motorised blinds are ideal for rooms with multiple blinds as the remote can raise and lower as many blinds as you require at the same time. Or if you can’t reach your blinds to operate them or have hard-to-reach roof windows adding remote operation is perfect.

Sun and timing sensors can be added which can be an added bonus when you’re away from home. This can also help to protect furniture from fading from extreme sunlight.

Intu®

Many of our systems have been specially designed for tilt-and-turn windows, folding/sliding doors and conservatories. They fit perfectly into the frames of your windows or doors without making holes in the frames for a neat and stylish finish.

Apollo’s Intu system is a great solution for neat fitting blinds. They are bead-fit so click into to the top of the window frame itself. You can raise or lower the bottom bar to the position you want the blind at. These are ideal for tilt-and-turn windows and conservatories.

Intu® Micro has been specially developed for bi-fold doors – ideal for summer when you want to fling the doors open but don’t want blinds or curtains flapping around.  

The top and bottom bar come in a variety of colours (white, anthracite and brown) to compliment the window or finish of door in your home.

They’re also classed as child safe by design as they have no chains or dangling cords.

Perfect Fit

Similar to the Intu® system, Perfect Fit blinds are encased in a screw free fitting frame, positioned in the beading of the glass and provide a sleek option. With the Perfect Fit solution you can even remove the whole blind to clean the windows.

We offer a range of frame colours, including white, brown, anthracite, golden oak, mahogany and silver, to ensure that they blend perfectly with your windows, and Perfect Fit can be used with Roller, Twilight, Venetian, Pleated and Duette® blinds. Blinds are tensioned for easy operation.

Our Apollo designers around the UK can demonstrate each system and talk through the benefits during an in-home consultation and we install all of our blinds so you can be sure they will fit and operate perfectly. And once your blinds have been installed, a member of our installation team will spend time with you making sure that you understand the full operation of your new made-to-measure blinds, pointing out any key operational features. For example, with motorised blinds, they will show you how to adjust any settings or connect your blinds to your smart speaker.

You can find your local Apollo here: https://www.apollo-blinds.co.uk/find-your-apollo/

Looking to inject some colour energy into your home? You’ll love these ideas

Bright vibrant colours can transform a dull and dreary room into an energising and uplifting space. Certain colours can also boost your mood and provide emotional cues to the brain to feel happier – two great reasons to add some colour into your interior décor. Whether it’s brilliant blue in the bathroom or a colourful coral in the kitchen – here’s some of our favourite bright and beautiful blinds that prove playing with colour can be so much fun. We’ve included a wide variety of the types of blinds we do to show you how key colours in the spectrum can look at the window including Vertical, Venetian, Twilight, Pleated and
Duette® blinds.

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Our Design Director Mike Stephen introduces the colours he expects to see adorning homes in 2019.

“This year colour in the home is both surprising and uplifting.  The experts at Dulux heralded a shift towards ‘positivity, purpose and transformation’ when they announced the inviting tone of Spiced Honey as their colour of the year for 2019.  Shortly after, Pantone followed suit, with a cheerful coral hero shade that’s set to bring warmth and happiness to homeowners.

“These confident statements from key trend forecasters mark a shift towards optimism within home décor.  And it’s translating as bold and unusual use of colour (think dark hues with energetic pops of colour) and rich, warming colourways – warmth will be present even at the colder end of the colour spectrum.”

Here are Mike’s colour predictions for 2019:

Dark vs Bright

“This colour combination is a tale of extremes – opposites will attract as vivid brights combine with dark, moody hues.

“Colours within this theme are intense and contrasting yet the overall look is harmonious,” says Mike. “Petrol blue, aubergine, black and deepest grey with a hint of warmth form dark monochromatic backgrounds, enlivened by pops of vibrant colour. Exotic jewel tones, spiced yellows and luxuriant metallics work particularly well.”

Coral and Blue

“I love Pantone’s 2019 colour of the year – it radiates warmth and vibrancy.  It’s a much-needed pick me up after an unsteady year and of course it looks brilliant on window blinds – especially when the light shines through.

That said, creating a room scheme around Living Coral is more of a challenge than with neutral shades.  For me it’s best as an accent on window blinds or key pieces within a room.

So what is the best colour match for Living Coral?

“Greys and neutrals all work well,” says Mike.  “A classic peaches and cream colour combination is effortlessly stylish but for me, coral and blue is the winning combination.  The colours mix beautifully and can be found in nature – think of the coral reefs set against the deep turquoise of the ocean.”

Warm Neutrals

Rich, warming colourways are a hot trend for 2019, when even the coolest of colours (blue and grey) carrying a warming undertone. Grey, it appears, has finally had its day, making way for caramel, taupe and butterscotch base colours.

Metallic vs Matt

Metallics offer an enduring look for homes and can be updated in 2019 when juxtaposed with matt finishes.  Textured surfaces are enhanced with metallic shine that adds to the multi-layered look.  2019’s metallics aren’t just limited to traditional golds, silver, brass and copper colourways – shimmering teal, pink and lilac will add further lustre to rooms.

Make an appointment with your nearest stockist to find any of the window blinds shown above.

Rugs  available from www.therugseller.co.uk, Wallpaper from www.iwantwallpaper.co.uk

Apollo Blinds has put together this useful A-Z guide to window blinds to help navigate the growing number of types of window coverings and fabrics available, as well as explaining any terminology and technological advances in window blinds operating systems.

Ever since Dulux unveiled the dusky heather shade of Heart Wood as its Colour of the Year for 2018, customers have been in search of the latest home accessories to get the look. And of course we think the best way to introduce Heart Wood to homes is with window blinds.

Our head of design, Mike Stephen, has picked out Heart Wood window coverings from the extensive collection at Apollo Blinds and offers styling advice on the best colours to complement this hot hue.

Mike says, “This light, versatile shade can be considered as the new neutral for 2018, as it’s so easy to find colours to match with its dusky undertones.  It’s a colour that’s certainly causing a stir amongst our customers.” 

Heart Wood on a Roll

Get the Heart Wood look with abstract stripes, playful florals or plain, textured roller blinds. Mix with muted brown or purple tones or add a pop of azure blue, another great match for Heart Wood. Apollo Blinds Heart Wood fabrics for roller blinds pictured (left to right): Henley Summer Rose, Sunbrella Mauve and Rianna Rose Dazzle.

A Shutterly Fabulous Match for Heart Wood

Coloured plantation shutters look fantastic! And Apollo Blinds offers a colour match service so that its shutters can be custom-made in ANY colour. Simply provide a swatch, tester or sample pot for Apollo Blinds to create beautiful, wood shutters that match exactly to a chosen colour – like Heart Wood.

The custom colour service is available for Sumatra and Fiji shutters from Apollo Blinds.

Perfect Pleats are Hard to Beat

Heart Wood creates a blissful bathroom and looks gorgeous in the living room.  Opt for Heart Wood pleated blinds or apply it to walls and introduce pleated blinds in berry shades to bring out Heart Wood’s warmer undertones.

Not quite indoors and not quite garden, but filled with natural light and boasting the best views in the house; the conservatory is one of the home’s most relaxing and enjoyable spaces. Here’s how to help your conservatory reach its full potential with expert advice from Apollo Blinds.

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1) Select the right blinds
Deciding on which blind is right for a conservatory or summer room is dependent on a number of factors; each type of blind offers different light and privacy control, and Duette® blinds offer temperature control too. The choice also comes down to the look it achieves along with fabric preference.

The most popular blinds types for conservatories and garden rooms include:

• Duette® blinds – energy efficient blinds to keep cool in summer and warm in winter
Pleated blinds bring a chic, neat look to conservatories and are available in a choice of colours
Vertical blinds bring subtle shade and variable privacy control, whilst still allowing light and air to flood through.
Venetian blinds create a stylish and contemporary look, whilst offering great privacy and light control.
Roller blinds come in a huge range of prints, designs and colours and when open give clear views of gardens and the great outdoors.

Popular operating systems include:

INTU® (available with roller, Venetian and pleated blinds) fits neatly into the bead of windows and doors with no hanging cords or screws needed. Allows tilt and turn or pivoting windows and patio doors to move freely without damaging the blind.

• Motorised roller blinds can be operated in groups via a remote control.

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2) Set the Temperature for year-round use
Gone are the days of cold unusable conservatories in winter and unbearably hot rooms in summer. Installing Duette® blinds will keep the temperature on an even keel all year round. The unique honeycomb design of ensures that rooms are kept at a comfortable and consistent temperature–where an abundance of glass can make temperature control challenging.
A room that’s usable all year round means you’ve room to contemplate the function of your conservatory. It’s no longer an abandoned space or dumping ground so why not use it as a dining room, introduce a day bed for a versatile guest bedroom or even install a bright and airy kitchen that’s filled with natural light.

See our conservatory Pinterest board for more inspiration:

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3) Focus on furnishing
With only one or two items of furniture, lots of exposed brick, hard flooring and an abundance of glass, conservatories can feel cold and unloved. But there’s really no reason to leave the room looking sparse when just choosing the right furnishings conservatories can serve as an extra multifunctional space in the home. The addition of curtains and a statement rug makes this conservatory feel lovely and cosy. And an air of opulence is achieved with surprising design elements like the solid wood table, fuchsia pink display cabinet and chandelier.

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4) Merge with outdoors

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Although probably not achievable in your average household, we love the way this conservatory come greenhouse, with its climbing foliage and rustic picnic table, fuses indoor/outdoor living.

Indoor plants to your conservatory can have significant health benefits as well as adding to the ambiance, plus the extensive glazing can help to cultivate seedlings in the same way a greenhouse would.
For a Mediterranean air citrus plants will flourish in the conservatory. To expand the space be bold and introduce taller plants such as palms that will thrive even in adverse environments.

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5) Don’t forget the Roof
We have made-to-measure roof blinds and other speciality products for conservatories and garden rooms.

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